Traci Knits

Monday, July 14, 2008

Basket Rib Bath Mitt FREE Pattern

bathmitt1, originally uploaded by TheHomeBody.

Here's what you'll need:
A little less than an ounce (45 yards) of worsted weight cotton yarn. This is Sugar n Cream in Plum Pudding.
A set of 4 or 5 size 7 (4.5 mm) double point needles or circular needles long enough for magic loop.
Yarn needle for weaving in the ends.
Optional: crochet hook for making a hanging loop.

Finished size is about 4.5 by 6 inches, big enough to cover the average hand. I use mine with my thumb sticking out to hold on to it.

Here's how to make it:
Cast on 36 stitches, divide stitches evenly on your needles (18-18 for magic loop, 12-12-12 for 3 dpn, 8-8-8-8 for 4 dpn)
be careful not to twist stitches and join for working in the round. You can use a marker to keep track of the beginning of the round or just watch for the hanging tail of yarn from your cast on.

Round 1: Purl all stitches (this is the opening at the top)
Round 2 and 3: Knit all stitches
Round 4 and 5: Knit 2, Purl 2 all the way around
Round 6-33: Repeat rounds 2-5 7 more times
Round 34: Knit all stitches

Divide stitches evenly onto 2 neeldes (18 and 18) Use kitchener stitch to graft the bottom closed or if kitchener gives you the willies, you can use the 3 needle bind off (visiting for illustrated instructions on how to do either of these)

If you want to add a hanging loop, you can crochet a chain of 20 stitches and attach it at the corner or even make a bit of icord.

Also, I almost forgot to mention - this is best after machine washing and drying, after it shrinks up a little.

Copyright 2008 Traci Heiner, free for personal use.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Aloo Scrubber FREE Pattern Crochet

I made this with Aloo yarn I got at Patternworks. It'a a fiber from the Himalayan Nettle plant. If you don't have any aloo in your stash, try it with a thin hemp or linen yarn. I've been using this as a body scrubber, but I also use this pattern to make dish scrubbers with a single strand of worsted weight cotton or acrylic yarn.

You will need: Crochet Hook Size G (4mm) , about 15 grams of Aloo and a tapestry needle.

Pattern is worked with 2 strands held together.
Begin with a slip knot or other method that allows you to tighten and close the starting hole.

Round 1: Chain 3 into beginning loop (counts as first dc).
Dc 15 times more into beginning loop, slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3. (16 stitches). Now is a good time to pull on the tail and close the hole.
Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as first dc), dc into same stitch, 2 dc into each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3 (32 stitches).

Round 3: Chain 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in next stitch, *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch*. Repeat between *s, slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3 (48 stitches).

Round 4: Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch. Slip stitch to beginning chain (48 stitches).

Round 5: Chain 3, dc 2 together over next 2 stitches, *dc in next stitch, dc 2 together over next 2 stitches* Repeat between *s to end, slip stitch to top of beginning chain 3. (32 stitches).

Round 6: Chain 2, dc in next stitch, *dc 2 together over next 2 stitches*. Repeat between *s to end, slip stitch to top of first dc. (16 stitches).

Round 7: Repeat round 6. (8 stitches).

Cut yarn, leaving a little tail for sewing. With tapestry needle, run thread through the tops of the last 8 stitches and pull tight to close the hole. I like to tie the beginning and ending tails together through the center hole in back. See the second photo. Weave in ends and snip. Let me know if I've made any big errors in my instructions, I'm not used to writing crochet patterns. For instructions on how to dc 2 together, see this link, it has photos and everything.